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Joplin tornado brought new start for alumni

A year ago tomorrow, the world Josh (’06  M.A.C.M.) and Anna (Radomsky ’07) Edwards knew was turned upside down. They had just begun a vacation in Florida when alerted by friends back home that a bad storm had struck their hometown of Joplin, Mo. Josh thought it a practical joke at first, but soon learned the grim … Continued

New issue ready for mailbox splashdown

The Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center has been visited more than 160,000 times since it opened last September. The new issue of ACU Today magazine, which mails this week, will give you a behind-the-scenes look without breaking a sweat. The cover story of our 80-page Winter 2012 issue, “Wave Reviews,” begins … Continued

Founder's legacy honored by thoughtful alumni

A.B. Barret was just 27 years old when his school, Childers Classical Institute, began classes with 25 students on North First Street in Abilene in 1906. One hundred and six years later, it’s known as Abilene Christian University, and the campus of about 4,600 students is a landmark a few miles northeast of its original … Continued

Elmer Womack photo a rare and welcome find

As keepers of Abilene Christian University’s largest photography archive, we are always pleased to find new images worth preserving and sharing. A recent email from 1978 alumnus Mack Womack included the sad news of the recent passing of his father, Elmer Womack (’41) and a remarkable photograph with which to remember him. Mack’s father is … Continued

Reese points new grads to Bonhoeffer's advice

Dr. Jack Reese (’71), dean of the College of Biblical Studies and the Graduate School of Theology, and professor of preaching and worship, was the featured speaker at Saturday’s May Commencement at Abilene Christian University. As it has for several years, ACU held ceremonies at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. during its May event – … Continued

Sewell’s message to 1923 grads still a good fit

Final exams begin this week at Abilene Christian University, when reflections upon how another school year could go by so amazingly fast (or enormously slow, depending on one’s viewpoint) begin in earnest. Last week, students heard different perspectives on the school year from the Senior Speakers who presented in Chapel: Noemi Palomares, Kyle Ferrell, Keri Gray … Continued

‘Ben Hur’ was best when Heston narrated it

Watching movies in Abilene’s historic Paramount Theatre is a memorable experience, which many will be reminded of again this weekend when Ben-Hur plays in the 2012 Paramount Theatre film series. But it will have a hard time coming close to one of its showings – albeit a partial one – in 1989. In October of … Continued

Kehl, McCurley to run in Boston Marathon

Four Abilenians have qualified to compete April 16 in the 116th Boston Marathon, and two of them are ACU staff and faculty members. Dr. Kevin Kehl, executive director of the Center for International Education, and Dr. Libby McCurley, assistant professor of kinesiology and nutrition, will be two of the anticipated 26,000 runners to navigate Boston’s … Continued

ACU Remembers: Dr. Colleen Durrington

Abilene Christian University trustee and longtime former professor and administrator Dr. Rose Colleen (Stockburger ’77 M.Ed.) Durrington, 75, died Monday in Abilene, Texas. Her health failed in recent months from a sudden illness experienced following an overseas trip in June 2011. Born March 23, 1937, in Fayetteville, Ark., she graduated from McMurry University with a … Continued

Regional hall of fame to induct Kelly Kent

Kelly Kent, who helped lead Abilene Christian University to its last national football championship before dying tragically at age 21, will be inducted May 7 to the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame. A hometown high school star in nearby Cisco, Kent was a three-year letterman for the ACU Wildcats from 1977-78 and part of … Continued